Healthy eating: listening to the body - how does intuitive eating work?

Expert advises eating according to feeling
The sports scientist Prof. That means to eat what it takes to eat when you are hungry and to stop when you are full.

Those who radically change their diet to low calories know cravings. You pay attention to little fat, sugar or carbohydrates, and the urge for chips, kebab or hamburger increases until you run to the snack bar and fill your stomach.

Feeling lost
Obese people would have lost their healthy feeling for the amount of food the body needs. This knowledge is intuitively available. Infants cry when they are hungry and calm down when they are full.

Over stimulation
In western societies, we are constantly surrounded by food and advertising for food. With this constant stimulus, we confuse apettite with hunger.

Eat consciously
Eating intuitively means eating consciously. For example, you can think about every snack and cash on delivery: Do I really need it? Do I really want that?

Bans are useless
Medical myths circulate through countless ways to get slim. However, most diets fail in the long run because they are based on bans. Those affected force themselves to adhere to these rules and at some point eat again as before.

Cram yourself?
Intuitive eating does not mean stuffing yourself up, but eating the meals you like and eating when you're hungry.

Does eating work intuitively?
Intuitive food is not that easy. Obese people usually have a genetic predisposition to appetite. You only feel full or not at all after larger amounts. People who tend to have such a large appetite have to take active countermeasures. You have to train the new habits like not to follow.

Natural intuition?
The intuitive eating assumes that the body automatically tells us what it needs. While this is not wrong, we are evolving when it comes to foods that make us excessively fat.

Sugar and fat
For early hunters and gatherers, fats and carbohydrates were as valuable as they were rare. Only fruit and honey provided sources of sugar, and the wild animals and fatty plants offered much less fats than the inexhaustible offer in the supermarket.

Natural greed for junk food
Our natural intuition would consequently focus on a hamburger with fries from the deep fryer with an ice cream bowl and cream as a dessert.

Separate needs from over stimulation
So our ancestors were rarely exposed to an oversupply of food, fat and sugar. Therefore, we cannot simply rely on our “intuition”, but must first separate the signals from the body that suggests hunger or require certain foods from the “natural” urge for sugar and fats.

Reflected intuition
So it is not a question of reaching out when the "body says it", but of reflecting on what needs the body expresses.

Intuition and "wisdom of life"
If we understand intuition as spontaneous thinking, there are also dangers lurking in it - in every other area of ​​life as well as when eating. Brain research shows that memory, associative thinking, life patterns stored in the synapses are by no means an objective reality. If, for example, a knuckle of pork with fried potatoes and bacon triggers a feeling of wellbeing in us because we are having nice childhood experiences with it, it does not do our body any good.

count calories
We can only rely on our intuition once we have accustomed ourselves to healthy eating behavior. The hard truth is: if we stay below our precisely predictable calorie limit, we lose weight, if we exceed it, we gain weight. To reduce obesity, it is important to eat less and in a targeted manner. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)

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Video: What is Intuitive Eating? Kati Morton (January 2022).